Iranian women to finally attend football match freely

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2019

The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, as the clerics had kept arguing that the women must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.

The change comes after an Iranian woman set herself on fire and died last month, as she faced charges arising from her trying to enter the stadium to watch a match. Instead of selling a limited number of tickets, the charity has called on Iranian authorities to lift "all restrictions on women attending football matches".

World soccer's governing physique Federation Internationale de Football Association ordered Iran closing month to allow girls come by admission to to stadiums with out restriction and in numbers fantastic by search data from for tickets.

Iranian sports journalist Raha Purbakhsh shows off her ticket to attend a World Cup qualifier in front of Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Tuesday.

Iranian women were recently given the go-ahead to purchase tickets and attend the upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifier match between the country's national football team and the Cambodian side at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Thursday.

The world football governing body, FIFA will "stand firm" in ensuring women have access to all football matches in Iran despite claims the world governing body could have prevented the death of an activist.

She said: "I still can't believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, watching everything on television, now I can experience everything in person". Amnesty International criticized Iran's authorities for allotting so few tickets to women in a stadium that can seat 78,000.

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And Khodayari's father told Mehr news agency that she did not "sacrifice" herself for any cause.

The lifting of the stadium ban only applies to World Cup qualifying matches and not to games in the Iranian championship or the Asian Champions League.

Iranian Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Hossein-Ali Amiri said last month that some of the country's stadiums were being prepared for the entry of women, by adding separate gates and seating.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, women have only had rare access to stadiums in Iran.

In October, as many as 100 Iranian "handpicked" women entered Azadi for a friendly against Bolivia.

Using the hashtag #WakeUpFifa, women have taken to social media to demand more tickets.

But the ultra-conservative Keyhan daily said women were more concerned about economic issues.

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